12 American Idol Ladies Recap: What's the Flu Got to Do With it?

Ryan made some ominous remarks about the flu hitting some AI contestants hard.  At first, I was thinking too much into it and thought it was some sort code to crack.  But it wasn't.

Extra, Extra... Read all about ... AI Contestants, Struck With the Flu! 


Oh my!  That's interesting.  I didn't notice that last night with any of the guys.  Is that a sign of who's stronger? 


Whether some were really sick, or not... you can't help but to think it’s all an excuse.  I realize that may not be fair, but major points were lost with me.  Plus, from as far as I gathered - there were only two who were sick: Kristy Lee Cook and Carly Smithston. 



The only reason I knew they were even sick is because the judges talked about it after their song.  There were no droopy, watery eyes or scratchy voices (with the exception of Amanda Overmyer - and that is her voice).  



That does really stink though.  Think about ... you get so far - ready for your first real shining moment, then flu-like symptoms weigh you down.



I have to say that if Ryan didn't tell us... and Paula and Simon didn't remind us, I wouldn't have known which singers were sick and which just had an off night. 

More than half of the girls were really "on" though like: Syesha Mercado, Ramiele Malubay, Asia'H Epperson, Brooke White, Alaina Whitaker, Amanda Overmyer and Alexandrea Lushington.

Joyful, fun, big! That’s how Paula described Syesha Mercado’s rendition of "Tobacco Road." And I couldn’t agree more!


Syesha’s a powerhouse and although her talent is evident, she really needed this push tonight. During Hollywood week, Syesha lost her voice. But incredibly managed to belt it out anyway. It’s always a bit questionable when someone loses their voice (or gets sick). But this is not one of those cases. She has the "total package."

Perhaps the most outstanding performance of the night was Ramiele Malubay; another one of my favorites! "Classy, almost like a pro," Randy exclaimed. She gave the song "You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me" her own tender feel. The subtle moves with her head were sexy and confident. Simon admitted he didn’t like her during her audition. But he’s changing his tune now.

Ramiele says the best part of the AI experience for her has been the hair makeup and the fab shoes she was wearing.

Right before Ramiele took stage -- Asia’H Epperson owned the floor. Asia’H took a piece of Simon’s heart with that Janis Joplin song. He said it was his favorite of the night. It was refreshing not hearing that song not all rasped out for a change of pace.

When you hear Janis (in relevance to season seven), you think of Amanda Overmyer. Simon says he really liked the show she put on, but was confused -- asking if she forgot the words to "Baby Please Don’t Go." He had never heard the song and thought that rocker-scat beat she laid down wasn’t "intentional."

Brooke White’s intentions are to stay the same throughout this competition. She also says she will not be tainted by the sinful "temptations’ Hollywood has to offer. She’s an original all right.

"The yellow, the happiness... it was very you," Simon said of Brooke’s rendition of "Happy Together." It was very "washing up your liquid," he called it. Translation: To be "sunny, happy and clean."

Randy took it to a different degree -- saying she "started getting her slay on" once she picked up confidence in the middle of the song. Translation: "Killing the song, smashing it..."  In a good way.

A birthday/vote-off day surprise? That could be the worst anniversary of yourself you’d ever put yourself through. But I think it looks like Alania Whitaker’s wish to stay in the competition will come true. She nailed, "More Today than Yesterday." Paula said Alania gave it the best ending she’s ever heard to that song. (I guess we know where that leaves Chikezie Eze’s version of the song from Tuesday night.)

Randy said, "this season is about being young!" None of the girls hit that concept harder than Alexandrea Lushington with "Spinning Wheel."

  Alexandrea took total control of her performance -- from her outfit, to her entrance and those dance moves. She was totally representing. Randy and Paula think this girl is "relevant" and ready to make records. Simon, on the other hand, "didn’t get it" and compared it to one of those horrible 60’s shows.

Simon also "didn’t get" Carly Smithson’s performance. "And there’s so much hype about you," he boldly commented. "I know you have bronchitis," he went on to say. Paula, however, liked her inflection and called her reliable and "like a lucky coin in your pocket." And we all know how much Randy believes in her.

  Bronchitis or not, Carly is a strong contender. She’ll be fine with one not so stellar night.

Don't know if I can say the same about the other sick one tonight, Kristy Lee Cook. Every time she sang the words "Rescue Me," I was thinking the same thing... Help! It was monotonous. Paula tried to soften Randy’s "rough around the edges" comment with excuses for the girl, "Being sick and the first contestant to sing is a double whammy." When Simon asked what was wrong with her, Paula said, "she’s got that bad flu." And Kristy chimed in "and bronchitis." (I will say I did hear a believable cough.)

Aside from all the sick talk, Simon called her robotic. He also made the point that whatever is going on physically, there wasn’t anything to grab a hold of. The wrong song.

There are quite a few girls who look Kristy-ish in this competition. The show wouldn’t change too much if she left this week.

Speaking of imitations.. Kady Malloy does a great Brittany Spears. It’s better than how she does a Kady. After she sang "Groovy Kind of Love," the judges commented on her beauty and that the Brittany stuff is "brilliant," but when she portrays herself the lights go off. Simon went as far as to say, "I don’t know who could impersonate you. A pencil." Whelp, better than a sharp stick in the eye, I guess.

Not to fret too much, Kady. Amy Davis got the whole.. "the camera loves you" bit. After the song, you actually heard Randy laughing louder than the audience applauding before they went to the judges. His advice to her, if you’re going to scoop up to the note, you have to hit it dead on.

Simon told Amy that she looked great, but didn’t sound great. She sang, "Where the Boys Are." That song really needs a country twang, Simon says. "Which Amy does not have."

"An average cabaret version of a cabaret song," is what Simon called Joanne Borgella’s "Say a Little Prayer." It wasn’t her strongest voice or most unforgettable performance. Joanne lacked confidence, but she got it together in the end.

Two girls along with two boys will be voted off tonight.  Will your favorite be one of the first ones cut?

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